Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mayor Landrieu Issues Statement on Senate GOP Health Care Bill

"It doesn't protect Nevadans on Medicaid and the most vulnerable Nevadans", Heller said at a news conference in Las Vegas.

Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid.

The draft text of the Senate GOP health-care bill - dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act - was introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, and Johnson was one of four Republicans who released a statement that they could not support it in its current form.

"I can not support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance", said Sen.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", Heller said.

McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation. They may soften some aspects of the widely condemned House bill, but not its basic philosophy and goals.

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The speaker of the House of Commons also made it clear that he would not be allowed to address Parliament. A Downing Street spokesperson told CNN there was "no change" in their position on the state visit.

Even Mr Obama wrote: I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not flawless, nor could it be the end of our efforts.

"That should be the central issue for Republicans", Cruz added, "repealing Obamacare and making healthcare more affordable". It would put health care out of reach for many middle-income Americans.

First up, the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of the plan's costs and the effects on insurance coverage is due early in the week, perhaps Monday, June 26. If the bill fails on the Senate floor, it should not lead to an even more draconian version to win the votes of conservatives.

While Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, the party's efforts to unwind Obamacare has been dogged by internal conflicts between moderate and hard-line members of the party. While McConnell's bill curtails the program at a slower rate than the House version, it ultimately cuts deeper, which has prompted senators whose states expanded Medicaid to raise red flags.

"There are lots of frustrated senators saying they didn't like the process of writing this bill, [but] none of them saying they would use their power to do anything about it", says Zwillich. It allows insurance companies to charge older Americans more, so again we have a bill that would make health care harder to afford for the poor and the old.

Several Republican senators have already said they oppose the bill, at least as of now. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.

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